Barton baseball head coach Keith Gorman looks on during the ninth inning of a March 7 game against Mount Olive at Nixon Field. All Bulldog programs will see their total number of games reduced in 2020-21 after the NCAA Division II Council of Presidents elected to make the move in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Baseball will play 40 games instead of 50 in the one-year adjustment.

Division II programs will play less games in 2020-21 season

Keith Gorman’s head coaching career at Barton College opened in grand style, using a four-hit shutout from freshman Gentry Fortuno to pull off a 1-0 win over in-state foe No. 5-ranked Catawba …
Greenfield senior Collin Guilford will continue his basketball and academic careers at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., after recently signing with the NCAA Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference program.

Knights’ Guilford lands at Randolph-Macon

There’s no question that Collin Guilford made an impact on the Greenfield School boys basketball program in the two years the Winterville resident played for the Knights. Upon transferring …

Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week: Edwards Garcia, Beddingfield High

Senior four-sport athlete Edwards Garcia of Beddingfield High is the Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week. Edwards started the spring boys tennis season playing No. 1 …
In these photos from the May 28, 1976, edition of The Wilson Daily Times, pitchers Randy Davis of Rock Ridge, left, and Ricky Batts of Lee Woodard would take the mound as the top two teams from the Carolina East Conference squared off in the second round of the state 1-A baseball playoffs at Rock Ridge.

Lee Woodard, Raiders battle in Rock Ridge

Rock Ridge was looking for its third win of 1976 against 1-A Carolina East Conference rival Lee Woodard as the Raiders and Panthers collided in the second round of the state 1-A playoffs at Rock …
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Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week: Riley Patterson, Fike High

Fike High senior Riley Patterson is this week’s Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week. Riley was a two-year varsity letter winner in volleyball and a four-year letter …
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Guess Who?

“Guess Who?” is a weekly photo feature from The Wilson Times sports photo archives that will run each week in the Times sports section. If you know or would like to guess who is in the photo, please leave a comment on the online version at www.wilsontimes.com.
“Guess Who?” is a weekly photo feature from The Wilson Times sports photo archives that will run each week in the Times sports section. If you know or would like to guess who is in the …

NCHSAA extends dead period 2 weeks, football season still up in the air

Fike's Curtis Bullock is taken down by Beddingfield defenders, including Braxton Wiley (25) during a Sept. 13, 2019 game at Fike. The NCHSAA has extended its COVID-19 dead period two weeks to June 15, at which time conditioning activities could potentially resume. However, the start of football season remains up in the air.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association tacked on at least an additional two weeks to its ongoing COVID-19 dead period Tuesday and offered the opportunity for a return to athletic …
Jimmy Lewis

End of dead period still in sight, but a long way to go

It may be just a start. But at the least, the wheels are starting to turn as it relates to a potential return of high school sports in the fall. Originally planning to let its COVID-19 dead …
Fike senior Chad Bean, throwing during the season opener March 2 against Southern Wayne, went 20-3 in a little more than two seasons in his Fike varsity career. Bean has signed with Brunswick Community College.

Fike’s Bean bound for Brunswick CC

COVID-19 pandemic or not, Chad Bean had already etched his name in Fike High baseball history by the time his senior season ended after just five games. But while Bean had been Golden Demons ace …
SouthWest Edgecombe’s Keishon Porter (11) pulls in a touchdown catch over Tarboro's Keon Caudle (3) during a Nov. 9, 2018 game at Tarboro. Porter, who has signed with Radford for basketball, elevated the Cougars in both football and basketball over the course of his career, ending with Times Athlete of the Year honors.

Porter in his proper place as Athlete of the Year

PINETOPS — The list of names that have received The Wilson Times Athlete of the Year award all have one attribute in common.From Clay Johnson in 1974 to the present day, every recipient has …

In this photo that appeared in the May 27, 2006, edition of The Wilson Daily Times, C.B. Aycock senior Brittani Edgerton and head coach David West celebrate after Aycock’s Shelley Lancaster smacked a grand slam during the second inning of the NCHSAA 3-A third-round playoff game against Fike. The Lady Falcons won 11-1.

Lady Falcons wallop Fike to advance to 3-A final four

PIKEVILLE — Junior shortstop Shelley Lancaster ended a prolonged slump by blasting a grand slam in the bottom of the second inning, triggering an 11-1 win over Fike in the third round of the …

The Life and Times Podcast, Dec. 11, 2019

It's the state championship edition of The Life and Times Podcast as the boys discuss Southern Nash impending title game against Charlotte Catholic as well as a quick overview of what's happened so …

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Brady Garrison, Marshall

Tobs add 2 catchers to roster

With their roster still in flux as the calendar inches closer to the delayed opening of the 24th Coastal Plain League season, the Wilson Tobs have signed two more catchers. The addition of Oliver …

Amid mounting debt, ECU eliminates 4 sports

ECU eliminates 4 sports in cost-cutting move From staff reports GREENVILLE — With lingering financial issues only amplified by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, East Carolina’s …
Jimmy Lewis

Pandemic only exacerbates ECU financial woes

Too many sports, too few people carrying the bulk of the financial load and too much debt. That three-headed demon of red ink is the quandary that the East Carolina athletic department finds …
Community Sports

Barton baseball camps dates pushed back

The dates for Barton College’s youth baseball camps have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both camps are for youngsters in kindergarten through eighth grade. Softball players are …
Pro Sports
Beddingfield graduate Kelvin King, left, trains during a recent sparring session. After more than a one-year layoff away from the ring, King has a potential return date set on July 11 in St. Augustine, Fla.

Fighting for retirement: King back in familiar saddle, return to ring imminent

At the prime age of 25, Kelvin King sees himself on a collision course with the end of his professional boxing career. In fact, the day-to-day routine of the Beddingfield High graduate is geared …
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Fike @ 50
The quiet superstar: Unassuming Crumpler the central player of Fike dynasty
Carlester Crumpler. Car-les-ter. Crump-ler. The alliterative rhythm of the name lends to the overall legend of its owner, who … Read More
Wilson Fike: State champs of the 4-A football circuit
In the end, it was just like head coach Henry Trevathan said it would for his Fike High Cyclones football team in 1969. The veteran … Read More
Plan of attack: Fike’s formations played a major role in championship seasons
Wedged among the layers that make up the remarkable tale of Fike High School’s three straight state 4-A championships in … Read More